Review: Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper

Review: Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje HarperSeries: Life Lessons #3
on October 5th 2012
Pages: 356 pages
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Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They’re together openly as a couple, sharing a home and building a life with their two children. It’s what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac’s job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It’s going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.
four-half-stars

★★★★½
Another slight cliff hanger? Kaje Harper, you are killing me. You know how much I love Mac!!!

Mac and Tony are now raising their kids, Anna & Ben together as one family unit. They are trying to make the transition as bachelors to fathers with young children. They were definitely struggling to create a routine. Mac’s job as a homicide detective still required a lot of odd hours and Tony was overwhelmed trying to fill in the gap by himself.

Mac had difficulty setting boundaries with work time and home time and Tony seemed to be getting resentful of having all home life duties dumped on him. How can Mac let Tony and the kids see they are his #1 priorities when he is never there?

My enjoyment of this book was elevated by the supporting cast: Oliver, Bree, Jamie and Gina. They are the ones who kept this relationship from crumbling under the weight of the all expectations. They just wrapped the foursome with their love and it grounded the story. Obviously Mac loves Tony, but this is the most expressive and open Mac has ever been and Tony needed that. Tony is great for Mac and I loved Mac finally putting Tony’s needs first. The only thing that I am waiting for is the final act of complete honesty and trust, when Mac tells Tony some of the past pains that he still hides from Tony. The trip to the bondage club definitely touched on that issue a bit. I hope Mac will let Tony in and let Tony help him heal both physically. and emotionally.

Oliver is shaping up to be such an awesome partner. That’s what I love about Kaje Harper, the realism of her writing. It has truly been a process for Oliver to accept that his partner Mac is gay, and what that means for them at work. Bree, Jamie and Mama Gina are just awesome, the kids really needed that female touch and they are getting it in spades. Those kids are definitely getting the love they need to feel secure in this new family unit.

The murder investigation really took a dark turn, and I was so disappointed that IA let Terrence off the hook. I understand why, but I am hoping that Terrence will face more repercussions in the future because he continues to allow his bigotry affect his work. I am looking forward to the resolution of that murder case in book 4.

About Kaje Harper

I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submit something, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month before Life Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.

I now have a decent backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better. I have an author page on Goodreads where I do a lot of book reviews, and this blog is reposted there.

You can find me to chat on my author page on Goodreads most easily – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.

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